3 Central Austin transportation projects to look out for in 2018

The Austin Transportation Department is set to install pedestrian hybrid beacons, which help provide safe crossing typically in the middle of a block instead of a four-way intersection, throughout the city thanks to an initiative Austin City Council approved last year.

North Central pedestrian hybrid beacons

Pedestrian hybrid beacons, which are traffic-control devices used to help people safely cross busy streets usually in the middle of a block and not at an intersection, will be installed at West 47th Street and Burnet Road as well as at Houston Street and North Lamar Boulevard. The projects are part of a $2.85 million city contract to build 10 signals throughout the city in 2018.
Timeline: TBD

South Central pedestrian hybrid beacons
Pedestrian hybrid beacons will be installed at West Monroe Street and South First Street as well as in the 515 block of South Congress Avenue. These are in addition to the eight others Austin City Council approved for funding in December. Funding for the projects comes out of the quarter-cent fund, which has bankrolled pedestrian hybrid beacons at six locations.
Timeline: TBD

East 51st Street Improvements 
Adjacent to the Mueller development, road improvements are slated for the East 51st Street corridor from I-35 to Berkman Drive. The $2.3 million project will conclude its design phase at the end of February, and the improvements will complement roadway enhancements TxDOT is implementing at I-35 and 51st Street.
Timeline: through February (design), TBD (construction)



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